Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along as Bruce and Mary continue their exploration of La Ciudad, provecho!
We start our walking tour up Calle Tacuba and come upon this. It is so tempting but Mary reminds me of the time, many years ago, when herÂ brother Bob loanedÂ us a book on torture. I got about a third the way through, put it down and had a hard time sleeping for a week.
This would have been a fun exhibit at the Palacio but alas it is closed. We should know by now that many museums are free on Sunday but most are closed on Monday, in Mexico. Sadly it is Monday this day.
Mary is standing next to one of several fountains in the park. Behind her stands the majestic and colorful Jacaranda tree. These trees are everywhere and strikingly beautiful.
But it turns out to be a come-on. You can get a 22P beer if you order wings. We are not hungry and faced with the regular price of 51P I nearly walk. But Mary reminds me that this is about a two and a half buck beer which our kids would call pretty cheap. So we do order the beers and enjoy the view of Alameda Central from our second level perch. BTW: That is the most we have ever paid for a beer in our nine years living in Mexico.
We walk a little further to the tomb of Benito Juarez, the father of this country. We walked right up and started stroking the marble lions only to be warded off by security who told us that the steps are the closest one can approach but luckily we were able to…
Working our way back to Zocalo we come upon this impressive building taking up an entire city block. With no markings that we can discern Mary approached the security guard and discovers this building houses Public Education of Mexico.
Following is a slide show of some of the art in the interior. Our apologies in advance, we could find no attributions but we were told some of the artwork was done by Diego Rivera:
It’s time for some light fare and beers. This is our view from Puro Corazon. We see that the band shell is one of the last things to be broken down from the weekend’s fair in La Plaza de la Constitucion.
Our food has come. How’s your Sopa de Huitlacoche, Mary?: This is a very flavorful yet subtle bowl of corn smut soup! Delicious, it has a briefly sharp bite in thisÂ delicate, earthy-corn and mushroom broth.
After our meal we headed down to the info booth at the north side of the plaza and were directed to the Metro (subway) Station that serves this area. It was a short walk, down some stairs and now Mary is asking about buying some tix for our planned trip to Chapultalpec tomorrow. There is some confusion so Mary is directed to…
This very friendly Metro Cop. He assures us that all we have to do to gain free entrance is flash our Inapam (old age cards), and we’re in. We notice that if you just look old, he punches you through. Gotta love this country!
At this point we wander back to our room and we are just in time to catch a vidchat from our daughter, Helen, which is a lot of fun. After that we feel too lazy to leave the room and opt for some snacks we brought along while watching Arnold in Last Stand.
Mary has opted for anÂ omelet. Take is away, Mary: Â This is a pretty basic cheese omelet presented in grand fashion. Parsley sprinkled on the plate, fresh bread in a basket and dark, rich, refillable coffee brought to us by very friendly and professional servers.
We pass through turnstiles and security and are a little confused. We thought we’d catch the Metro here at the Zocalo Station with a transfer at the Pino Suarez Station but no, we walk there.
The Metro is packed which is the usual, people tell us. We’re a little concerned. We thought this would be like the light rail in Minneapolis. There, every car has an illuminated display of the progress of the trainÂ and a computer voice announcing station arrivals. This has only a a decal on the wall depicting the line with its stations. Luckily we’re near a door and I start making note of each station when the doors open. Soon we are at…
We’re crossing an overpass decorated with art to gain entrance to Chapultepec. In the background you can see the Castillo, Castle of Chapultepec.
Following is a slide show of that tour:
This monument is dedicated to Los Ninos Heroes, check out the link.
Following is a slide show of the castle and its grounds:
That’s Maximilian, the French Emperor of Mexico, and his carriage. When France recalled him, I bet that was a very long boat ride.
Our tour of El Castillo is concluded and Mary is asking for directions to the Leonora Carrington display. He shows us where on Av Reforma it is, but…
From the bus, here’s a pic of the famous horse.Â This is the famous ‘Caballito’ by SebastiÃ¡n.
After freshening up back at the room we find ourselves at Pasaguero. Mary is having a pasta dish. Please tell us about it, Mary: Deliciously creamy sauce loaded with poblano chiles and cotija cheese, there is nothing I can add to that, other than “yummm.”
This hospitality row is really getting busy, I bet there is a heckuva night life here. But we’re too old for that. We head back to the room and guess what? We binge on Modern Family.
It’s Wednesday morning of our getaway day. After breakfast at Don Toribio we walk over to the Museo de Ejercito, Army Museum. I have a confession: The only reason we are here is because when we passed by on the trolley car tour I thought it said Museo de Ejercicio, The Exercise Museum, you know like a torture museum, only for good! But as long as we are here we might as well take a tour. Here’s a slide show:
Checking out is pretty easy. The clerk says, you were here four nights right? That’ll be 3200P. We hand him a credit card and that is it. He volunteers to call us a secure taxi for the airport and within minutes…
It’s kind of funny. The display says our flight is right on time for 4:30. The only problem is, it’s 4:30 right now and there is no airplane at the jetway. Long story short. We have a gate change and finally take off at 6. The pilot apologizes profusely and does make up half an hour during the flight and we land in Vallarta a little after 7.
And that my friends is our Mexico vacation, Cheers!
In a semi-regular feature, please meet blog follower Joe. Joe is a permanent resident of Mexico who has owned a house in Platanito, Nayarit for the last 16 years and isÂ involved in the Playa de Tortuga’s turtle propagation project. We had a lot of fun drinking beers and swapping stories at La Caipirinha.
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!